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Cellular Neurophysiology

GS14 0143 - 3 Credit Course
Tues/Thurs - 9:00 to 10:30 AM - Room MSB B.612

Course Director: Ruth Heidelberger, M.D., Ph.D.

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Course Description

This course is a graduate level treatment of cellular neurophysiology. It is designed for first year students and will provide students with the basic tools for understanding electrical and chemical signaling in the nervous system. Students will learn about topics ranging from bioelectricity to synaptic transmission to plastic changes in synaptic strength that underlie learning and memory.

Course Prerequisites

This course is appropriate for students with an interest in neuroscience who are comfortable with the use of mathematical concepts to describe events that occur in the natural world. It is recommended that students have one semester of a calculus-based physical or life sciences course prior to taking this course. Permission from the Course Director is required.

Dates and Times

This course meets Tues/Thurs from 9:00-10:30 am in room B610. Room B610 is a classroom in the neighborhood of the blue elevators in the basement. Exit the blue elevators to the left and make another left down the long corridor leading towards the bookstore. B610 is on the left.

  • Note : Class will not be held on 11/15 due to SFN (11/12-11/16); Also there is one class to be rescheduled in Dr. Heidelberger's block.


Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology, Third Edition, by Constance Hammond (Academic Press/Elsevier).


There will be three in-class examinations. These examinations are non-cumulative and will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer/essays. Final grades will be based on the average examination performance.

Examination Dates

Exam 1: October 4th (in class); Exam 2: November 3 (in class); Exam 3: TBA (Finals week)

Course Downloads

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